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City Star Brewing Releases Fresh Hop IPA Brewed with Local Hydroponic Hops
City Star Brewing's Hydro-Pony Express HYPA will be one of the first fresh hop beers to be released this season and one of the first commercial brews in the country to employ the use of hydroponic hops.
"Our early hops are made possible by two factors; climate control and advanced growing techniques. Being in a greenhouse we can control our ambient temps above and beyond what Mother Nature gives us. This means that when most hop growers are waiting for that last frost to pass prior to planting we are already weeks into growing. On top of that we can "spoon-feed"
Hydro Hop Farms’ state of the art 5,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse emphasizes quality hops. They can fine tune specific nutrients to maximize oil content, resulting in a high quality hop cone in terms of total oils. More hop oils means more flavor and more flavor means tastier beer. The benefits of utilizing these high quality hops is exponential in the practice of fresh hopping a beer. Hydroponic hops require fewer precious resources, are grown without the use of pesticides, and the yield per acre is much higher than hops grown with traditional farming methods.
Fresh hopping is a method of brewing with hops that are harvested fresh and added to the brew kettle in under 24 hours. "Wet" fresh hops are harvested at the peak of ripeness and are neither kiln dried nor processed. Fresh hops are unique in the fact that the flavor they impart can be described as grassy, delicate, and multi-dimensional. Brewing with fresh hops is labor intensive but adds a unique flavor profile to the finished beer. Since it’s only possible to brew a beer like this during the fall harvest in the Northern Hemisphere it is well worth the extra effort for a chance to introduce a flavorful, one-of-a-kind seasonal beer.
Over 30 pounds of freshly harvested Columbus and Centennial fresh hops were used in the whirlpool and hop back additions of the 7 barrel brew of Hydro-Pony Express HYPA. An additional 12 pounds of Centennial fresh hops will be added directly to the finished beer to amplify that fresh hop flavor before being poured into your glass. Hydro-Pony Express HYPA will be released in City Star Brewing's taproom at noon on Saturday, August 22.
City Star Brewing offers award-winning, small batch ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, Colorado. The small town brewery was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the world renown, Great American Beer Festival in 2013. City Star first opened its doors in early 2012 and has since become a destination for craft beer lovers.
City Star's taproom is open daily: Mon-Tues 2-9pm, Wed-Fri 2-10pm, Sat 12-10pm and Sun 12-9pm. Six "mainstay" brews are always on tap: Cowboy's Golden Lager, 6 Shooter Pale Ale, Red Necktar American Red Ale, All American IPA, Bandit Brown and Night Watchman Stout. In addition, four taps are always dedicated to specialty beers.
Hydro Hop Farms (http://www.hydrohopfarms.com/
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